Agri-Smart process is to conserve major ecological services and restore natural resources while meeting the socio-economic, political, and cultural needs of current and future generations.
By 2050 worldwide agricultural output needs to double to feed the growing population and meet the demand for higher-value foods.
Source: UN FAO
To achieve the above focus must be put on educating the youth and provide technology to them to become successful farmers, also provide business opportunities in the rural areas to have a positive impact on all!
A global food crisis is predicted by the United Nations by 2050. Globally, food is in increased demand due to population growth (2050 @ 9.8 billion), higher income levels and global warming. There must be a concerted effort by countries to minimize environmental impact on their livestock, in many cultures people’s wealth is measured in their livestock and the delivery too market is inefficient.
Cattle (estimated at 1.2 billion in the world) is accountable for a considerable part in the agriculture green gas emission (9.2%) and is the biggest contributor to deforestation in the world. It is therefore important to keep every animal alive to minimize environment impact prior to slaughter through wastage.
Forecasts indicates that the global meat consumption will reach 388 million tons in 2030, 1.44 times the 2011 figure, and 460 million tons in 2050, 1.71 times the 2011 figure, which means that although its growth rate will slow down slightly, consumption of meat will continue to grow.
The agricultural market is critically important because of its impact on climate change through the consumption of water, the use of arable land and the
production of methane gas by livestock. This problem is now escalated through
investment impact due to climate investors withdrawing investments.
The principles underpinning the agricultural sector have not changed
fundamentally for hundreds of years, but through the introduction of innovative
technologies, the entire value chain is undergoing massive disruption before it
reaches the consumer.
Farmer: Monitor and report on cattle, sheep, camel and goats’ safety, ownership, movement, animal health and wellbeing and the environment impact. Education and analytical forecasts allow the farmer access to market with full traceability data for better return on investment
- Animal Health: Unnecessary livestock deaths is a waste on critical resources and we therefor monitor all events. Collected data then compared to regional risk profiles and reported animal sickness per geo-area as example; Foot and Mouth, and other notifiable sicknesses.
- Environment: We believe in micro weather monitoring. This data will be collected and forms part of our analytical capability to form trends over time that will assist the farmer.
- Governments/Regional/Cooperative: Consolidation of the Farmer data, enabling accurate forecasting on resource requirement.
By bringing technology to the rural areas there is a need to include the residents in new business ventures. This can only be achieved through funding and training to identified individuals. These entities to be created will be electronically monitored, and output will be incorporated into the data analytics to ensure accurate produce to market forecasts at a defined quality level. Typical ventures will be:
Small Feedlots privately owned by rural farmers/entrepreneurs, Feedlot size is between 200 and 500 animals and walking distance for most farmers in areas to minimize weight loss during movement. Agri-Smart will fund and provide technology. *(Photo courtesy of Agrihelp partnership)
Manufacturing plant for roughage provision to feedlots. This might include Aeroponic plants which has a significant impact on animal readiness for market and farmer profitability.
Transport facilities for animal, feeding, medicines, to farms or off-takers.
Maintenance providers for the mounting and maintenance of network components, and monitoring equipment.